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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely unputadownable! A witty and courageous story of a fascinating life..., 5 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton (Paperback)
Having grown up a Jat Sikh boy in a working class British family I found I could relate to so much of this book, it's probably the first ever written by someone of our demographic that has received so much praise and I understand been nominated for several prizes. Sathnam's story is as well written as his articles in the Times and Financial Times. His words seem to have the power to capture your imagination while occasionally making you laugh out loud. During several chapters I actually found myself laughing out loud uncontrollably on the tube much to my fellow passengers' amusement. The book also delves into more serious issues around his family's struggles with mental health that left me gasping for air and feeling grateful for the life I had... If you think you're family had issues growing up then reading this will definitely bring you back down to earth! My favourite chapter was the excellent description of the arranged marriage dating process which I can only say is one of the most accurate descriptions of modern day second generation Asian life in Britain and Sathnam continues to add his intellectual dry wit at every occasion. I also respect that he has bought out in the open a number of controversial issues with our community from superstitions to the caste system and social integration problems that apply to not just the Sikh community but many other Asian immigrants in the Western world. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to read something original, thought provoking and horizon widening.
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2012 13:58:21 BDT
great review! yes , i fully agree and felt the same sentiments while reading the book

Posted on 10 Nov 2013 21:52:41 GMT
H Tamber says:
Great review, but remember you are a Sikh first and foremost and as such all are equal. So why do you begin your post by stating that you are a particular caste?

Posted on 7 Dec 2013 17:46:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Dec 2013 17:46:37 GMT
K. K. Chahal says:
Thanks - I will now buy this, both for myself and a close Jat Sikh male ... I read your review and then was startled that we have the same initial and surname, although I'm female ;))
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